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Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.

Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands.

World Jewish Population Nears Pre-Holocaust Levels

AP | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — The world's Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its ann...

WATCH: 31-Year-Old Honors Late Mother's Wish By Having His Bar Mitzvah

HooplaHa | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When Matthew Jurgens' mother passed away when he only 2 years old, her last request from Rabbi Pearl was for her son to have his Bar Mitzvah.

Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and ...

My Ramadan Story

YaLa Young Leaders | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
YaLa Young Leaders

This is my Ramadan story, and the one of my grandfather and my family. We are Jews. I grew up listening to stories about my grandfather. He was quite a character my grandpa!

5 Best Jewish Jokes Ever

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy
Lawrence Rifkin

"Last Jewish Comic Standing," was what our family named a game we came up with for our guests to play at our son's Bar Mitzvah reception. Each guest pulled a classic Jewish joke written on a piece of paper and told the joke to the crowd.

Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency.

War Makes Headlines, Peace Frequently Does Not: Interfaith Efforts Pave a Path to Peace. But What Are Each of Us Doing?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.

British Jews Stunned After Ultra-Orthodox Sect Bans Female Drivers

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two prominent leaders of England’s Jewish community and a representative of the chief rabbi have joined in repudiating rab...

Hebrew Hoops Mixes Judaism and Basketball

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Though there aren't any Jewish starters in the upcoming NBA finals between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, that doesn't mean Jews don't love basketball. One of those is a recent Jewish USC graduate, a true superstar, Sam Fein.

The Power of Muslim-Jewish Musical Bridges

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

As a universal language, music has a unique ability to gather and unite people. Since tunes and lyrics can directly tap into our hearts, music is often the most powerful vehicle for spiritual communication.

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your Historic Role Models

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the country seeks to sort out the post-Maidan milieu, Ukraine must also wrestle with its thorny political history. Who are the most important historic role models worthy of praise and emulation? At this point it's too early to say who will win this contested battle over Ukrainian history.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

The Islam I Know

Ben Barber | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Ben Barber

I may not be a Muslim, but I know that calls for murder of civilians are not Islamic. For more than 10 years I lived and worked as a reporter in a dozen Islamic countries... Almost everywhere I found a kind and generous welcome.

Unlikely Ally in War Against Deniers: The Nazis

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Eli Verschleiser

Instead of throwing Oskar Groening in jail, President Obama could bring him along on his next nuclear negotiation session to teach the Iranians a thing or two about how and what happened.

Losing Their Religion: Rise of the Nones

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While Americans are still much more religious than Europeans, the overarching trends, highlighted by Pew, suggest that American society is indeed secularizing.

Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.

Amnesty UK -- Help Us to Understand

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Joyce S. Dubensky

I applaud Amnesty International's work to combat discrimination against Muslims and Christians and against discrimination in "all its forms," but I am concerned. Why does it appear that some religious groups in need readily earn Amnesty's attention, energy and resources but not others?

My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

Carol Kuruvilla

Hartford Seminary's Interfaith Dialogue Program Swaps Stereotypes For Understanding

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

When Doaa Baumi arrived on Hartford Seminary’s campus in Connecticut to study interfaith dialogue, she was asked to live with a Roman Catholic roomm...

Who Will Tell Our Stories?

Aaron Elster | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Aaron Elster

Every man, woman and child has a story. For some it is found in the most unlikely of places, during one of the most horrific of times, where actions of a few meant life versus death. Mine is a story of survival: my own and my family's.

To Combat the 'New Anti-Semitism,' Europe's Jews and Muslims Must Work Together

Harrison Akins | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Harrison Akins

Jews and Muslims should not be working against each other, but with each other to promote their common interests and rights as religious minorities in Europe, particularly with the rise of right-wing parties across the continent.

Jerusalem, Our Healing Mother City

Yehezkel Landau | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Yehezkel Landau

This transcendent sense of Jerusalem as our common Mother City, helping us face one another as siblings in the sacred family drama still unfolding in our own lives -- this faith-conviction is what can strengthen our hope for the healing of our world.

Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.